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Red Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Red Ale (March – May) is brewed with British pale and crystal malts, Sterling hops, and an ale yeast from California. This ale has a rich ruby color, lacy collar, and a pronounced caramel flavor.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-09-2002)
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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by chalkda01:
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

chalkda01, Sep 22, 2012
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Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, red/orange in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: hops, bread, caramel, and brown sugar

Taste: citrus hops and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: Besides the smell, this is a super average beer for the style. Not bad. Hits all the style guidelines, but just kind of there. I have had way better from Abita.

tigg924, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of jakester
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. No date on the case, but clearly notched on the label.

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to a coating and a ring, with decent but not great lacing. Average amount of carbonation floats to the top.

Smells fruity, clean, and malty, with a spicy hop note just behind it. The malt smells sweet and caramely. Not a whole lot there.

The first flavor is a kind of toasted or light brown sugar character, not real sweet. Then there is a decent hop bittering, with some spicy/floral hops also. The aftertaste has a peculiar dry, metallic-y taste, kind of odd. Not sure if that's supposed to be there or not. It's not bad, but definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is fairly low sweetness, with a good tingle from carbonation. A little chalkiness going on in there. Finish is slightly sweet, then dry.

If it weren't for the aftertaste, this would be pretty good, but the aftertaste is really odd. Kind of chalky and metallic. Not sure what to think. It's certainly drinkable.

jakester, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

gentle pour, yet too much head on the 12oz serving for a 16oz pint glass

A - slightly cloudy; orange (not red) with slight reddish tint. Head lasts considerably longer than average

S - hoppy & spicy; vanilla?; sweet

T - nicely balanced malts and hops; nicely balanced sweet and bitter, albeit a bit light; some complexity; fruity hops

Very good to excellent selection for price point.

chinchill, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a reddish-copper body with a slightly sticky yellowish-cream colored head that last for a sip. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles supporting it.

S- The smell of dry caramel malt is soft and doesn't have much depth.

T- The dry light toasted malt flavor has notes of biscuit malt with a slight sweetness to follow. The dry finish has a slight tartness and green bitter bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has some ok malt flavor and a hop bite but there isn't much flavor or aroma at all.

rhoadsrage, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of PopGun
3/5  rDev -11.5%

PopGun, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of MacEnvy
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees F.

A: Nice orange-red hue, clear, a moderate head that leaves some lacing as it dissipates. Color is between an English pale ale and a red.

S: Cascade and Sterling hops right up front, spicy and tart, citrus notes.

T: Nice citrusey Cascade bite with some floral Sterling flavor. Malt is there but it takes a back seat to to aroma and flavor hops. Not overly bitter - hop additions must be late, probably dry hopped too. Really nice.

M: Light mouthfeel, drinks easy.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer to drink. If you like aroma and flavor hops this will be right up your alley. This would be a great beer on a hot day, or maybe paired with some soft cheese. Recommended.

MacEnvy, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard red from what I can see. A bit watery in pictures as well.

Smell: Not a whole lot here. Some wet hay malt and faint citrus hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is basically like the smell, but it's quite refreshing.

Overall: An ok red.

tjsdomer2, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden with an orange cast. Topped by a foamy white head that drops quickly but leaves a decent collar. The aroma is quite odd, nutty and very lightly fruity. The same nuttiness has appeared in most of the Abita beers I've had so I guess it's due, at least in part, to the yeast - but I'm not sure. It's kind of off-putting here. The body is medium with a very fine and somewhat effervescent carbonation that gives a light caress to the tongue. The flavor is malty, nutty and fruity with a delicately balancing bitterness. There's a mild tanginess in the finish that tends to linger. Unique, but not inspiring. Still a decent, somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

NeroFiddled, Oct 23, 2002
Photo of aleslover
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

aleslover, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass. Lots of head, foamy. Light, clear copper colored body.
It has a strong malty hay smell, some bread dough too.
Bigger malt bill in the taste, milder bitterness. Lends a little sweetness at first and then dried out by the hops in the latter half.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Nothing fancy but good and easy drinking.

Fatehunter, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of lawlerj
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent reddish amber. I poured it quite aggressively and got three to four finger frothy white head that dissipated down to about a half finger surprisingly quickly. Appears to be leaving lacing even from the head. Very nice. I like some good lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated as far as I can tell.

S - buttery and biscuity malt and just a tad bit of hop presence on the nose. Floral and citrus notes in the mix as well. Nothing crazy about the aroma but very solid and I enjoy it.

T - bready malt again and more hop bitterness that I think is a bit much. I guess I would have wanted that bready malt flavor that I enjoyed so much in the aroma to come on a bit stronger here but it gets lost a bit in the hops. But what's there is nice - citrus and floral notes seem to dominate and the malt kind of ride underneath all of that.

M - I found myself wanting more from the mouthfeel of this beer; definitely on the light side of medium-light bodied.

O - overall, this is a fairly tasty beer that I had some balance issues with. Would have liked more prominent malt flavor in conjunction with bitter hops, but aside from that it was pretty tasty. And at 5.2% ABV this would be a decent one to drink a few of.

lawlerj, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick, rocky white head that falls to a thin ring and minimal lacing. Color is not red so the name is misleading (it is an amber but they already have a beer with that name so all is forgiven.) it is amber-gold with some haze from dry hopping. Aroma is citrusy and caramel/toffee/biscuit. Flavor is lively and balanced. Good hop flavor mixed with a nIce blend of grainy/bready caramel and of course just enough alpha acids to offset the sweet. Mouthfeel is just right like most Abita products. Overall very good and I will have another.

EagleTalon, May 11, 2012
Photo of tone77
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some hints of citrus. Taste is pure hops, not much else. Feels light in the mouth. Not really a beer I could spend the evening drinking. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

tone77, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of corrrance
3/5  rDev -11.5%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rusty amber with moderate carbonation, a frothed head, and blotted lacing residue. Toasted bread sets a backdrop for the rather intense hopping, considering this is Abita. Hops bring on a lot of herbal aromas that remind me of chive and bay leaf combined with fresh cut grass. Toastiness is allowed to come out more in the flavor with a biscuity malt body but the hops still come out a good deal. Grass really overwhelms the herbal tones on the palate. The bitter lasts until the finish, but is never truly bitter and maintains a great balance with the malts, which finish out with a touch of sweet and some fruity esters. Body could have been a little less slick, but the carbonation is fantastic. If this were a little less sweet, the drinkability would be optimal. A really tasty offering from Abita.

goochpunch, May 23, 2007
Photo of theghost3
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this at the Abita Brew Pub. It's a copper/light reddish color with a thick beige head. It smells of malts and a little bit of chocolate. The taste is malty, and there's a sort of chocolate/caramel finish. Thick, buttery mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, but probably more appropriate for early spring than June.

theghost3, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of pBRale
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange pour with a delicate, creamy, extra pale tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. There is a mild, thin head that is retained throughout, and the lacing is very faint-a few delicate streaks here and there.

Smell: Deep toasty malted grain is the dominant player in the nose, along with a nice, light hoppiness and a bit of grassy hops. However, don't be fooled--the rich, malty backbone is the signature aroma here.

Taste: Pretty dark, toasty flavor up front, almost a nutty taste in the middle, and a refreshing hint of grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, carbonation on the higher side of medium, and the finish is fairly smooth and dry.

Overall: A nice beer that sits fairly heavy and is filling. Can stand on its own but would also pair well with a big roast beef sandwich or some fire-roasted triscuits and spinach artichoke hummus.

pBRale, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earlier in my BA days I have recalled really enjoying this brew. My most fondest memory is the nice floral hoppiness. I don't get that zesty floral note these days. Either the beer has changes or or me taste buds have. I'll presume the latter.

It's medium red in color with a khaki head. Nice retention. Bready malt, caramel sweetness dominates, but there's a fain't floral hop note.

Slightly bitter with a light caramel edge and maltiness. Could fit the Irish moniker.

Drinkable and perfectly carbed. Almost sessionable.

EgadBananas, Apr 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out very light amber with a slight red tint. Lots of white foam attack the sides of the glass. This one looks better than it tastes.
Smell is corriander and a malty fruityness that I can't put my finger on. Smells better as it warms up.
Taste is weak for the style but drinkable nontheless. Slight hoppiness but almost non-existant.
You could drink a bunch of these at a sitting but it might be too bland.

peabody, May 18, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a blah looking amber colour with a thin head that has some stickiness but not as much as expected.

The aroma is somewhat dirty and very malty. Rubbery at times even, with hops way in the back and not very noticeable. There's a bit of general sweetness here as well. Bland at best.

The flavour is essentially more of the same. Hops again take a back seat to the malt, although they shine through a slight touch more here in the flavour. Earthy once again but wit ha bit of sweetness, this time decidedly from notes of caramel, which didn't really show its face much in the aroma. Boring but fairly well balanced. Just very faint overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch flat/watery. Eh.

I was disappointed by this one, as Abita is usually solid. I think this is my first of their brews that I truly didn't care for. Not awful, but definitely needs a lot of work...

SixpointJMH, May 12, 2007
Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light copper color with a 1/2 inch head that has very good retention before settling at an 1/8 inch head and boasts a resilient ring of lacing.

S- Well-balanced hop aroma that's a bit piney with a sweet malt balance.

T- Metallic flavor (actually tastes like copper) with some hops trailing behind. Upon second sip, the bitterness starts to set in but only in its own mild way. Malt is only truly sensed in the aftertaste and is a bit dull and ordinary. Pine is the main flavor when all is said and done but doesn't really bring with it much depth or power.

M- Watery but slick. Medium carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- Another dud from Abita, I think I'm just gonna stick to Purple Haze, Turbodog and Jockamo IPA from now on.

Immortale25, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of A1Sports
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice copper color with a good 1/2 inch head when poured from the bottle.

S: Potent and spicy smell. Very pleasing to the nose.

T: Flavor instantly hits you much like the smell. It doesn't disappoint. Full of flavor with spice. Good tasting red ale.

M: Crisp and refreshing, not heavy. Very clean taste with no lingering bitterness or off after taste.

O: Looks good, smells good, and delivers with a good flavor. Flavor is strong, but the taste doesn't over do it afterwards. Good Red Ale that I would love to try on tap.

Recommended.

A1Sports, May 21, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Red Ale has a thick, off-white, creamy, quickly dissipating head and a mainly clear, bubbly, copper appearance. Some lacing is present. The aroma is overwhelmingly barley malt and bread, with some clean, fresh water. Oddly, the taste is predominately hoppy, showing a shade of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and Abita Red Ale finishes semi-dry and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is one of Abita's better offerings, and I recommend it.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 21, 2011
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Red Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.